Still Life
Lucas Hnath

The race is on! Scientists vie to be the first to discover the real "fountain of youth" – to find a way to slow the process of aging, extending our life expectancy beyond any age anyone has ever lived. Research scientist Mary Bailey leads a team that is on the verge of making a discovery that will change life as we know it. All she needs is a little more money, and what better way to get that support than to take to the airwaves...On the eve of Mary’s big NOVA interview, another team of research scientists make the same exact announcement. What’s more, that team is piloted by none other than Mary’s ex-husband, the scumbag of all scumbags, Dr. Ted Kenny-Cooper. Immediately after Ted’s announcement, Mary’s funding dries up. The timing of her ex’s announcement is just too coincidental. Suspecting foul play, Mary takes matters into her own hands. Mary will employ every possible scheme, no matter how desperate, absurd, or unethical, to take Ted down and steal back the media spotlight for her project (and herself). What she doesn’t realize is that her actions just might jeopardize the elusive fountain of youth. Still Life is a comedy of bad manners about the show business of science.